9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN05 Sociology of Consumption

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 Contested Foods Building II, C5.01

Food consumption: The connections between religion and food in modern societies

In all societies and in all times there has been a strong link between food and religion. Today, in modern societies, this link seems broken; religion is out of our manners of food. So, the sociological interest was not to accept this as evident but to ask for it: is modern society really an exception? The qualitative analysis of large empirical material has led me to consider, as I try to show in this paper, that this exception is only apparent. Nowadays, the world of food is heavily laden with symbolism and especially religious symbolism but with other appearance. Eating habits are closely tied to typical religious beliefs and behaviors, although these are not transparent because they have moved their content, their language and their ways of expressing themselves.